For a lot of people, university is on the horizon, either now or in the next few years. Whether you have some northern universities in mind but feel you need some final convincing, or you’re completely clueless on which university city to go for, take a look at these five reasons to consider studying up North.
I for one went to the University of Central Lancashire, and loved that it was just 45 minutes from my home town of Manchester. A lot of my friends went to surrounding Northern ones, such as Salford, Manchester Met, Liverpool and Leeds, keeping a strong Northern Uni theme present within our group!
There are so many fantastic universities in the North West, with courses that suit everyone. Those set on a red brick university should definitely check out the University of Manchester, The University of Liverpool, and Lancaster University — all renowned UK institutions.
Other universities like Liverpool John Moore’s and Manchester Metropolitan also boast a brilliant reputation and offer specialist courses for those interested in the more creative fields. These universities also offer some excellent facilities for students, such as state of the art gyms, libraries, research centers and everything you need to aid your studies.
There’s a reason Liverpool and Manchester boast some of the highest student retention rates. There are many graduate opportunities in the region, with centres such as Salford’s MediaCity which houses some big companies like Kelloggs, ITV, and the BBC.
Cities in the North West are also home to plenty of startups in the technology and creative sectors, and budding entrepreneurs can benefit from lower costs to launch their own business than they would expect in London.
Everything from accommodation to a night out is more affordable in the North West than in the South. Since students are often short on cash, the lower the cost of living, the better!
Students don’t necessarily need to slum it to live an affordable lifestyle either, with plenty of property companies like RW Invest providing cities like Liverpool and Manchester with high-quality student accommodation that costs much less than you’d expect to pay for luxury accommodation in London.
Plenty of nightlife
Cities in the North West are famous for their student nightlife. In Liverpool, there are some famous student haunts like the Raz, and nightclubs and bars like Brooklyn Mixer and Heebie Jeebies offering student nights with discounted drinks.
Meanwhile, over in Manchester, you can enjoy huge events like the Warehouse Project, and dedicated student nightclubs like Tiger Tiger for a night out to remember.
There’s lots to see and do
Students are spoiled for choice with the wide range of cultural hotspots and attractions in the North West. Students in the North West can take a short train ride to the many nearby beaches in the summer, such as Formby, Crosby and Blackpool, while Delamere and other forests are great for a walk in some wildlife.
The cities in the North West are filled with some fantastic parks, such as Liverpool’s Sefton Park which hosts a number of events each year. Art lovers can benefit from year-round exhibitions at sites like the Tate Liverpool, the Lowry in Salford, the Whitworth in Manchester and many more, while cultural events and festivals like the Liverpool Biennial are a highlight for contemporary art fans.